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Pico-8 Word Processor

As someone extremely fond of retroactively useless technology, I thought I'd take the time to make an instantly obsolete piece of software. This is the Pico-8 Word Processor, the text editor you never knew you needed (because you don't).

In seriousness, I think this project would work well to keep away distractions when writing. It strips writing down to the bare essentials, almost like writing on a typewriter. No superfluous fluff here; only the written word.

This is my first Pico-8 published project, so let me know what you think or if you can think of any additions. In the future, I'd love to create a version compatible with non-keyboarded hardware (see below) and to include more calming classical music (like clair de lune)


  • 27 characters per line, 13 lines per screen; all in a stylish, yet readable font
  • Supports both uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Day/Night modes, included BGM, and toggleable key clicking noises to make the experience just that slight touch nicer
  • When finished, export your text to a .txt file for further editing


  • daniel linssen for the font (m3x6) and @merwok for converting it to Pico-8
  • @RobbyDuguay for the BGM
  • @Gruber for the key clicking sound from their sfx pack

Virtual Keyboard

By modifying code from afburgess, I was able to make a quick mod that allows non-keyboarded hardware to run this software. In the future, I'd like to figure out a way to make typing a little quicker. Maybe I should move the keys around some more... Anyway, please give me any feedback you have!

Cart #mkol103p8wpvkv1-0 | 2021-03-03 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Credit to @afburgess for the base code of the virtual keyboard.

P#88455 2021-03-03 15:53 ( Edited 2021-03-03 21:40)

P#88468 2021-03-03 19:40

Thanks for the message, @Mike6453. I'm glad you found it useful.

P#88489 2021-03-03 21:37 ( Edited 2021-03-03 22:06)
:: alexr

Nice and yet another proof of
coolness for PICO-8 and of how
much one can invent despite the

P#88495 2021-03-03 22:47 ( Edited 2021-03-03 22:47)

Thats awesome - I'm glad you managed to use that keyboard I made all that time ago!

P#88502 2021-03-04 01:44

@afburgess In the future, I might try to co-opt your QWERTYBOY script to use keypad controls instead of a mouse since it's more aesthetically pleasing, but I'm thankful that your original script existed since it was intuitive enough to quickly port.

P#88525 2021-03-04 12:56
:: geojax

Dude that beach music is so perfect, and same with the sound effects. I showed it to a friend, and he agreed: the sound for each keypress and the music turn your cart into an experience! I felt like I was writing dialogue in a retro RPG in an emotional cutscene. I really like what you made. Keep it up!
(Who knew all I needed was a good-looking word processor with nice music?)

P#88874 2021-03-12 04:44

@geojax Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to see some people really take to this :) Tbh, I was able to finish the basic text inputting system within a couple of days, so I had a lot of time to think about addding QOL features like the bgm (since I always listen to music when writing). I'd like to make an updated version, but I'm not quite sure of what to add, really. I'm not a super good programmer, so having a simple project I can easily build onto is perfect for me. I might rework the Toki Pona dictionary I did a little bit ago, but who knows?

Be sure to let me know if anything you write in this makes its way into a project!

P#88880 2021-03-12 15:43

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